Review: Copernicus' Secret by Jack Repcheck

2019-03-14 03:19:03

By Sam Kean IF THERE was one thing Nicolaus Copernicus feared more than the Catholic Church it was astronomers pouring scorn on his theory of heliocentricity. So much so that he delayed publishing On the Revolutions, and almost died with the book unfinished. Repcheck tells the incredible tale of Georg Rheticus, who made the arduous trip from Lutheran Germany into Catholic Poland to convince Copernicus to release his magnum opus. The tale drives the book, and great narrative scenes, including his betrayal of Rheticus,